Is it safe to put a fire pit on a deck?

Taking time to relax and entertain on your home's deck during the warm summer months is a must. Why not add an inviting deck fire pit for cozy evenings?

But before igniting that hard-earned relaxation session with friends or family, there are some important considerations for using a fire pit safely on your wood or composite deck surface.

In this guide, we'll cover everything from tips for safe use to what materials make the best fire pit surfaces. So join us around the fire pit as we explore how you can get ready to light up those star-filled nights on your deck in style!

What fire pits are suitable to use on a deck?

Wood burning fire pits or fire bowls

Wood burning fire pits and fire bowls are the most common type of commercially-available fire pit. They are also the most popular because they provide a natural wood-burning smell and experience. However, wood-burning fire pit might not be the outright safest option for a deck

The reason is that the ashes can fall through the cracks in the fire pit and catch fire with the materials underneath. The hot embers and ashes can also cause the deck to discolour or even damage the wood.


Propane or gas fire pits

Propane or gas fire pits are a great option for a wooden deck because they don’t produce any wood ashes. This means that there is no risk of the wood ashes damaging the wood deck. Propane or gas fire pits also create less smoke than wood-burning fire pits, so they are less likely to discolour the wooden deck


Electric fire pits

Electric fire pits are another great option for a wood deck fire pit. They don’t produce any wood ashes or smoke, so there is no risk of damage to the wooden deck. Electric fire pits are also very easy to use because you just need to plug them in before you safely enjoy their warmth

Tips for using a fire pit on a wood deck

1.Choosing the Best Location for a Fire Pit on Deck

Remember that it should never be placed directly on the wood surface . Doing this can cause excessive heat transfer, discoloration, warping, cracking, or other damage to the wood or composite decks over time.

2.Always choose the right fire pit.

The first tip is to choose the best fire pit. As we mentioned earlier, wood-burning fire pits are not the best option for a deck. Propane or gas fire pits are a better choice because they don’t produce any ashes. Electric fire pits are also a good option because they don’t produce any wood ashes or smoke, but the downside is that don’t have any actual flames.

3. Fire pit pad or heat shield

Consider using a heat-resistant pad or fire pit mat underneath the fire pit to protect the wood deck from heat damage. These shields act as a barrier, preventing direct contact between the fire pit and the deck surface, reducing the risk of scorching or discoloration

4. Clean up once cooled

Be sure to clean up the fire pit area once the open flame of the fire is extinguished and the area has cooled. This includes removing any wood ashes or soot that may have been left behind.

5. Mind the Wind

Be mindful of wind direction when using a fire pit on your deck. Strong gusts can blow embers or sparks onto nearby surfaces, increasing the risk of fire. Consider installing a windbreak or screen around the fire pit to help mitigate this risk.

6.Use Safe Fuels

Stick to using approved fuels such as propane or natural gas in your fire pit. Avoid using flammable liquids like gasoline or lighter fluid, as they can cause flare-ups and pose a significant safety hazard.

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